Mary Milam Shepard of State Champion R Max Abbott Middle School - Humorous Interpretation State Champion


The 2021 NCASA Forensics Competition was held virtually this year because of the pandemic. Students submitted videos of their speech performances which were viewed and scored by the judges. Public Forum Debate was presented live via Zoom on the afternoon of the Awards Ceremony: March 31.  Students participated in five events: Public Forum Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, and Original Oratory.  In the Interpretation categories, students performed memorized literary works, and in Original Oratory students presented their own original persuasive speeches. 

Below are the top students in each category and the top six ranking schools:

Humorous Interpretation - State Champion- Mary Milam Shepard of R Max Abbott Middle School

Dramatic Interpretation - State Champion - Morgan Snyder of R Max Abbott Middle School

Extemporaneous Speaking - State Champion - Lidia Fiore of Valley Springs Middle School

Original Oratory - State Champion - Anna Childers of R Max Abbott Middle School

Public Forum Debate - State Champions - TIE:

  • Autry Canady / Eleanor Morgan of R Max Abbott Middle School
  • Mohamed Temraz / Joel Jimenez of Seventy-First Classical Middle School

And the top six schools:

6- Horton MS of Pittsboro - 8 pts

5- Mount Airy MS - 8

4- New Century International MS of Fayetteville - 27

State Third Place- Seventy-First Classical MS of Fayetteville - 42

State Runner-up- Valley Springs MS of Arden - 47

State Champion- R Max Abbott MS of Fayetteville - 71

Congratulations to everyone who competed!